Heraklion Archaeological Museum, Crete Island
The observant may have noted a variant spelling on the museum. This reflects the fact that every place name in Greece can be spelt three different ways. For the average tourist it can be confusing but, let that not detract from the museum on the hill.
It promises much and delivers on most of them. Here indeed you will find riches from Knossos and dozens of other sites from around the island.
There's a gathering of frescoes, buckets of coins, fabulous gold objet d'art, statuary, heaps of vessels of various descriptions and grave pieces of all sorts.
You'll need a couple of hours to see it all properly and photographs aren't always permitted but, the signs are so small you need a microscope to see them clearly. Don't be surprised if you get caught out as I did.
So, if you like a bit of history, this is one of the places you should visit on Crete but, don't overlook the Historic Museum, I rate it as highly as this one.
The Archaeological museum is currently closed for refurbishment but there is a temporary exhibition just around the corner (Admission €4 ) with about 400 exhibits in it including all the main ones that were found in the Ancient Minoan and Roman sites on Crete. You are allowed to take photos but they are very strict on the no flash rule.
Ah this was a treat. I was very interested when our guide from Knossos told us that human skeletons were found in large jars in the embrionic position. This was a minoan belief that their dead would be reborn. In the museum on display is such an exhibit. The genuine Phaestos disc, the ring of King Minos and countless other priceless treasures are also on show. When in Crete the museums and the Minoan sites are not to be missed! As we did not want to upset or offend we did not take photographs inside the museum.
The archeological museum in Heraklion is widely regarded as the best on the island and one of the best Minoan museums in all the world. It's actually not as big or impressive as I had expected given all the hype it receives, but it is absolutely worth your time. Even if you go through it slowly and thoroughly you can easily see the entire thing in one hour, so don't worry about having enough time. If you plan to visit Knossos (and you definitely should), it's best to see the museum first to help put things in context.